Recent flooding causes damage to county roads
Three roads in the eastern part of the county experienced significant damage as a result of recent flooding. As the high waters eroded portions of the road base, slippage occurred, leaving large gaps in portions of Jerdan Branch Road, Dixie Highway, and Milltown Road, all in the far eastern section of the county.
"Dixie highway was bad enough with one section 100 ft in length that crews are fixing today [Monday]," said Judge/Executive Kenneth Lyons, "But where Milltown Road runs along the river is the worst. Ever since the dam was put in, it’s like the water level gets too low and the banks dry out. Then, when they open the dam, the river washes everything away."
Milltown Road actually suffered initial damage during flooding last July/early August. FEMA officials had come out and inspected the damage, but for some reason, the paperwork was never finished and the repairs were never completed.
The road was passable even after last summer’s flooding, but Dennis Jackson who is in charge of pupil transportation for Nicholas County reported to the School Board on Monday evening that buses would no longer be able to pick up children along that route.
"It was bad before, but now, it’s simply too dangerous," he said. "Portions of the road have sunk eight inches lower than they were before. Buses will not be driving on that road until it is repaired."
NCHS Students selected as Governor’s Scholars
Last Thursday, three Nicholas County High School juniors received notification that they had been selected into the Governor’s Scholar Program (GSP); two – Christina Baker and Max Scalf, were selected as primaries; and Shane Mattox, as one of the 20 alternate selectees.
According to the programs website, "the GSP is a summer residential program for outstanding high school students in Kentucky. The program was originated in 1983 when the Commonwealth’s leaders discovered many of Kentucky’s "best and brightest" were leaving the state to pursue educational and career opportunities elsewhere, without fully understanding the potential of their talents at home."
The program began with 230 students on one college campus and has since grown to over 1,000 students on three campuses.
Host campuses are selected competitively every three years, with students attending Bellarmine University in Louisville, Murray State University in Murray, or Centre College in Danville for the 2011 sessions. During the application process, students were asked to indicate their preference for their "major," based on what they hope to major in during college. This focus area is used to determine which session/college the students will attend.
County judge proclaims Stewardship Week
Monday morning, County Judge/Executive Kenneth C. Lyons signed a proclamation declaring next week to be Stewardship Week, with members of the Nicholas Conservation District board looking on in support.
The proclamation reads:
Whereas fertile soil and clean water provide us with our daily sustenance, and
Whereas effective conservation practices have helped provide us a rich standard of living, and
Whereas our security depends upon healthy soil and clean water, and
Whereas stewardship calls for each person to help conserve these precious resources,
Therefore, I do hereby proclaim
April 24 to May 1
The conservation district has been part of the Nicholas County community since 1954 and wishes to remind you that each of us has a responsibility to be a good steward of natural resources during the annual Stewardship Week celebration. The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) is celebrating the 56th year of Stewardship week concurrently with Nicholas County’s commemoration, with the theme "Forests for People – More Than You Can Imagine." Trees provide us with shade, wood products, fuel, as well as help in cleaning the air we breathe.
Steve Vice acts as chairman for the Nicholas County Conservation District. The district was formed "to help raise the awareness of people in Nicholas County about the importance of soil and water conservation," according to Otha Crawford, Vice-Chairman of the Board.
The Nicholas County Conservation District is a member of the NACD, which oversees the Stewardship Week program. Stewardship Week is one of the largest national annual programs to promote conservation. NACD represents the nation’s 3,000 conservation districts, which were established to encourage resource conservation across the country.
The District has a number of activities planned that go hand-in-hand with Stewardship Week, starting with last week’s tree give away. Each year, the district gives away hundreds of trees, free of charge, to Nicholas County residents. Because the trees arrived slightly earlier than anticipated, this year’s event was held on Friday, April 15 from 9 a.m. – Noon and again from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Old Armory Gym at 368 East Main Street in Carlisle.
(around the corner from Deposit Bank)
P.O. Box 206
Carlisle, KY 40311
Tel: 859-289-8899 Fax: 859-289-8890